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Petite? Then Here’s How to Wear Your Stunning Silk Scarf

Updated on August 21, 2015

People are never really content with how they look. If they have naturally curly hair, they wish it were straight; if they are slender, they wish they had more curves; if they were petite, they want to be tall or at least taller. In some instances, it is possible to alter appearance to get what you wish for –radical plastic surgery and dieting extremes. In other cases, such as height, beyond torturing your feet with high heels, there is little you can do about it. Yet, there are ways you can at least, create an illusion you are taller than you actually are.

While it may seem ridiculous, accessorizing with silk scarves can actually create the impression of greater height.

The following are but a few suggestions:

1. Avoid wearing a silk scarf closely hugging your neck. This style works effectively with tall women, but will only make you look shorter. Use a silk scarf instead in tandem with a V-neck dress or top to elongate the look of the body. Take the scarf and fold or tuck it inside the neck exposing only an inch or two of it. The quality of the fabric allows you to do so without creating lumpy bunches under the clothing. The softness of the silk feels marvelous against the skin. The multitude of colors and patterns available in hand-painted silk scarves creates a striking statement, particularly true when matched with a mundane dress or top.

2.  If you wish to wear a long silk scarf, the best way to do so is to tie it in a knot and let it hang like a tie. Make sure, however, you strategically place the knot just above the cleavage and not close to the neck. For greater emphasis, team the silk scarf with a V-neck top or dress.

3.   To create the illusion of looking taller than you are, consider wearing the silk scarf under the lapels and collar of the jacket of a smart business suit. Secure the scarf beneath them and allow the two ends to flow free. The affect makes you look not only taller but also slimmer.

4.   If you are going out for the evening, why not wear a long, flowing silk scarf draped over a single shoulder. This, too, makes you look slimmer and taller at the same time. If the dress is staples or has spaghetti straps, try applying low tack fashion tape to keep the scarf securely in place.

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      PWalker281 7 years ago

      Thanks for the tips, Julie-Ann. As someone who is "petite" (a nice euphemism for "short" - I missed 5'1" by half an inch), I'm always looking for ways to enhance my stature without resorting to those killer heels. I like the idea of wearing the scarf over one shoulder. I have a friend who wears her scarves that way, and it looks great on her. Your hubs always contain great advice; keep up the great writing!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Very good advice to show off your beautiful silk scarves.